Book Review: Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding

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Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding 

Written by Lenore Look 
Illustrated by Yumi Heo 
Published January 3, 2006 by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books
Genre/Topics: Realistic Fiction, Cultural, Chinese Wedding, Family 
Ages: 6+, 40 pages 

 

This is a cute story told from the perspective of a young girl named Jenny who is the only person not happy that her favorite uncle is getting married. Normally, she loves weddings but she is her Uncle Peter’s special girl and feels that he is leaving her. As Jenny puts it ‘I am the jelly on his toast, and the leaves in his tea’. Everyone else is joyous and celebrating, but Jenny is sad. The book describes the Chinese wedding process and what the day would be like hundreds of years ago. Uncle Peter drives his car to pick up the bride, but is told that he can’t see her yet and must pay up. So the groom bargains and finally pays two hundred dollars until the bride appears wearing a red dress. It’s time for the tea ceremony where the bride is officially part of the family and she serves tea. Jenny has a sneaky idea and empties the tea-pot and puts just water to get the bride in trouble. Jenny’s mother  talks with her and finally Jenny understands to be happy for uncle. The wedding fun continues with exchanging red money packets, speeches, outfit changes, and dancing. The bride gives Jenny a special box filled with butterflies and tells her thanks for sharing your amazing uncle.

Today, my sister is getting married so hopefully everything is amazing. I’m even a bridesmaid, so I should have lovely photos to share.

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    May 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

    This sounds like a great story! I like how Jenny’s attitude changes! 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      It was a cute story! Yes, she finally realized that she’s still part of her uncle’s life even though he’s getting married. Thanks for your comment.

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